The Internet Yami-Ichi in NY 3
Saturday, November 30 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
47 Wooster Street (between Broome and Grand Streets)
The Internet Yami-Ichi (The Internet Black Market) is a flea market where an online community and everyone else gather and exchange “Internet-ish” things in real life. The Internet Yami-Ichi was founded by artist duo exonemo and their online art collective, IDPW, in 2012. While the Internet Yami-Ichi originated in Tokyo, it has travelled to more than twenty cities across the world since its inception. This will be the third such event in New York, and the first ever Internet Yami-ichi in Manhattan.
This was originally scheduled to be a two-day event at the newly opened gallery/café N O W H E R E in SoHo. Due to a water leak in the building, the organizers have cancelled Friday, November 29 and condensed the event into one day on Saturday, November 30. The new location is on the same block at 47 Wooster Street.
About The Internet Yami-Ichi
Artist duo exonemo—Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa—have been creating art together since 1996. While “Yami-Ichi” means “black market,” it can also be associated with “fetish” or “obsession.”
Frustrated by the restrictions of Facebook and Twitter, artists are creating ways of making fun of the architecture of the internet. The flea market of Yami-Ichi is a way to sell something that exists in the internet but perhaps not in the physical, analog world.
Here’s a YouTube video from 2013 called “Back Streets of the Internet” that sheds light on the history of The Internet Yami-Ichi.
For more information about exonemo, please visit their website.
About N O W H E R E
N O W H E R E (pronounced “Now-Here”) is a new gallery/café in SoHo that serves as a hub for emerging Japanese creative talent based in New York City. Their mission is to support and nurture creatives from a broad spectrum of areas—from digital to fashion, from culinary arts to photography and everything in between. Their current exhibition is exonemo’s solo show U & I.
For more information about N O W H E R E, please visit their website.
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